Here's the ideal temperature you should set your thermostat to this winter

With heating bills expected to increase by as much as 54% for some households this winter, many homeowners and renters are eager to find ways to reduce their energy consumption and save money

Fortunately, there are several easy ways to lower your energy usage -- including by setting your thermostat to the right temperature

We'll explain how to configure your programmable thermostat for efficiency this winter and discuss how it makes a difference in your home

We'll also offer a few tips on how to keep your house warm without breaking the bank.

According to the US Department of Energy, it's best to keep your thermostat at 68 degrees Fahrenheit for most of the day during the winter season

For maximum efficiency, you should also designate 8 hours per day during which you turn the temperature down by between 7 and 10 degrees

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